Father God, though I may not understand Everything I am going through I just want to thank You You hold my hand, Shepherd me through feary storms Show me what is right from wrong I just want to thank You
So in this moment I sing A song of praise to my King Lord, I worship You So let us open our hearts And raise up our hands To the One who deserves all the praise
Thank you Lord, for what You have done Thank You, Lord for what You are going to do Thank You, Lord for your Son Thank You, Lord, for this life anew
Father God, every day You’re teaching me Showing me what life can be I just want to thank You I may not know all the plans You have for me But I know that You love me So I just want to thank You
Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon is book six in the Hope Harbor series. It is a contemporary romance genre, in which two seemingly incompatible young people do their level best to search for common ground to build a relationship on, as they strive to discover a deeper connection with God and each other – only to find that genuine, God-given love dispels the horrifying darkness, to light up the way to a faith-inspired future, filled with bright hope and brilliant promise.
This realistic, true-to-life story addresses the most controversial and persistently difficult to answer questions faced by a travailing humanity. This story also highlights the forgiveness and second chances offered by our compassionate and understanding God.
With elements of faith nicely interwoven into the flawless story line, Hannon’s multifaceted story of redemption, mercy and hope focuses on how asking God’s forgiveness and forgiving oneself is just as important for healing as forgiveness from others.
Starfish Pier is a heartwarming story of emotional restoration and peace, where hearts heal with God’s forgiving grace….. and love blooms, against all odds, in all its fullness.I highly recommend it to readers who wish to find true fulfillment in a story of the highest standards, embodying true Christian values.
It is my prayer that all those who read my testimony will be redeemed by the precious blood of my Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ and be healed in spirit ,soul and body by the stripes of Jesus on the cross on Calvary,Lamb of God,without blemish and without spot, slain from the foundation of the world and by the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
– Dr. Anna Elias.
Personal Testimony Dr. Anna Elias 2020
Introduction • Born again, believing Christian [John 3:3] • Redeemed by the precious blood of my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ[1 Peter 1:18,19] • Sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise unto the day of redemption[Ephesians 1 :13,2 Cor1;22,Eph 4;30] • My foundation is the Word of God which I believe to be absolutely true,eternal & unchanging[2 Tim 3:16,Ps 119: 89,128,160, Isaiah 40:8] • The Cross is the center of my faith. I believe that Jesus bore my iniquities & died on the cross for me & in Jesus I have eternal life[Isaiah 53] [1 Peter 2:24] • I stand by grace alone[Romans 5:2] • I rejoice in the hope of glory which is Christ in me[Col 1:27] • I await the second coming of my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ [1 Thess 4:14-16] My Story of Tragedy & Triumph • On May 11th 2013,I was diagnosed to have a high grade malignancy • On May 16th I had my first cycle of chemotherapy • On May 21st I went into septic shock and was close to death • My white blood cells [WBCs] plummeted to 200[Normal 5000 to 11,000] with no neutrophils. People normally don’t survive if the blood counts are less than 400 • My blood pressure went down to 70/30mmHg • My oxygen saturation reduced • I had fever and severe diarrhoea • I collapsed in our room,before I was taken to hospital • I was like a country with no soldiers,no defences and an aggressive,ruthless army invading with speed & ferocity I was on my deathbed • Today, I am alive and well because my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ himself healed me • By the Stripes of Jesus ,I am healed -Isaiah 54:4,5 • It was not an instantaneous miraculous healing. It was a gradual overcoming the disease • I took the treatment recommended by the doctors • I was sustained by the Living Word of God • I have shared below Scripture verses that strengthened me and gave me life Psalm 119:92 KJV • (92) Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction. At the peak of my sickness,the Lord gave me His Word,The Rhema[God’s word for that particular situation] Malachi 4:2 I shared it with my husband who is a pastor. He advised me to hold onto that verse as I was shifted to the ICU The Sun of Rrighteousness arose with Healing in His Wings
Rhema of God’s Word Malachi 4:2 KJV (2) But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. • I was in the ICU for 10 days with fever, severe diarrhoea,septic shock hovering between life & death • A family of believers undertook for me. Their love & concern for me was amazing • They looked after me with the genuine Christ like love and concern • The night that I was nearly dying,they took over my treatment,put in all the central lines,overlooked the medication,got me a place in the ICU • The whole night this doctor friend sat next to my bed,prayed for me,calmed my fears & monitered me,till I was out of danger • I was supported by family & friends at every stage of my illness • My husband,Pastor Elias Joseph was by my side from the beginning to the end. He was constantly praying for me • My daughter Esther was with me at all the crucial times • She used to come to the ICU & we used to have long conversations.She encouraged me at every stage • My husband’s parents & my parents,my sister & brother-in- law encouraged & supported me in all possible ways • My church members at Cochin & fellow church members at Kothamangalam& Moovatupuzha fervently prayed for me • My friends, far & near,my patients & all my loved ones upheld me before the throne of grace • I followed all the medical advice,had 6 courses of chemotherapy & I gradually recovered. • The treatment took 6 months.On November 1st 2013,I got back to work at my eye hospital. My Faith is based on The Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and The Word of God My Faith I would like to explain my faith under the following headings; • Attributes of God • Foundational Beliefs • The Word of God • The divine exchange that took place at the cross • Biblical Characters from whom I understood the meaning of suffering and the Biblical response to it Attributes of God Exodus 34:6 KJV • (6) And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth Deuteronomy 32:3-4 KJV • (3) Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. • (4) He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. Psalm 18:30-32 KJV • (30) As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. • (31) For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? • (32) It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
Foundational Beliefs • I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for me • The cross is central to my faith • He took my sin[iniquity,transgression] upon himself Isa 53:4-6 KJV • (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs[sicknesses], and carried our sorrows[pains]: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. • (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. • (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. • In the redemptive death of Jesus,God has provided forgiveness of sins and healing for me • God’s name is Jehova Rapha –God who heals Foundational Beliefs I am redeemed by the precious blood of my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ 1Pe 1:18-19 KJV • (18) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; • (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot The Word of God 2Ti 3:16-17 KJV • (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: • (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. Heb 4:12 KJV • (12) For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Isa 40:8 KJV • (8) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. Jesus Christ -The Living Word of God The Bible is the written word of God Jesus is the Living Word of God • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1 KJV) Rev 19:11-13 KJV • (11) And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. • (12) His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. • (13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. The Word of God
Psa 119:159-160 KJV • (159) Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness. • (160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Psa 119:89 KJV • (89) For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Sustained by the Word of God Psa 119:92 KJV • (92) Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. Psa 119:114 KJV • (114) Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. • Psa 119:11 KJV • (11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. • Psa 119:71 KJV • (71) It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. • Psa 119:75 KJV • (75) I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Word of God on Healing Exo 15:26 KJV • (26) And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. Isa 53:4-5 KJV • (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs[sicknesses], and carried our sorrows[pain]: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. • (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Mat 8:16-17 KJV • (16) When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: • (17) That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. 1Pe 2:24 KJV • (24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. Pro 4:20-22 KJV • (20) My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. • (21) Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. • (22) For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Psa 107:20 KJV • (20) He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. • The entire message of the gospel revolves around one unique historical event: the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. • Concerning this the writer of Hebrews says: “For by one offering [sacrifice] He [Jesus] has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14). • Two powerful expressions are combined: “perfected” and “forever.” • Together, they depict a sacrifice which comprehends every need of the entire human race. • Furthermore, its effects extend throughout time and on into eternity. Every Human Need is met at the Cross • By a single, sovereign act, God brought together all the need and all the suffering of humanity in one climactic moment of time – The Death of Jesus on the Cross. • The most complete account of what was accomplished at the cross was given through the Prophet Isaiah, 700 years before it actually took place. • In Isaiah 53:10–11 the prophet depicts a “righteous Servant” whose soul was to be offered to God as a sin offering Man’s Iniquity, God’s Remedy • The divine purpose accomplished by His sacrifice is summed up in Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. • Here is the basic, universal problem of all humanity: we have turned, each of us, to our own way. • The Hebrew word that sums this up is avon, here translated “iniquity.” • Perhaps the closest equivalent in contemporary English would be “rebellion”—not against man, but against God. Jesus endured all the evil consequences of that iniquity. • In its biblical use, avon describes not merely iniquity but also the punishment, or the evil consequences, that iniquity brings in its trail • Jesus Himself was not guilty of any sin. In Isaiah 53:9 the prophet says, “He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.” • But in verse 6 he says, “The LORD has laid on Him the iniquity [avon] of us all.” • Not merely was Jesus identified with our iniquity, He also endured all the evil consequences of that iniquity. • Like the scapegoat that had prefigured Him, He carried them away, so that they might never return again upon us. The Cross – Meaning and Purpose Here is the true meaning and purpose of the cross. • On it a divinely ordained exchange took place. • First, Jesus endured in our place all the evil consequences that were due by divine justice to our iniquity. • Now, in exchange, God offers us all the good that was due to the sinless obedience of Jesus. • Stated more briefly, the evil due to us ,came upon Jesus, that, in return, the good due to Jesus, might be offered to us. • God is able to offer this to us without compromising His own eternal justice, because Jesus has already endured on our behalf all the just punishment due to our iniquities. • All of this proceeds solely out of the grace of God Taken from ‘The Divine Exchange’ by Derek Prince The Divine Exchange at the Cross • The Divine Exchange Hebrews 10:14; Philippians 4:19 • Punished – Forgiven Isaiah 53:5,6, Romans 5:1, 1 John 1 :9 • Wounded – Healed Isaiah 53:4,5, 1 Peter 2:24, Mathew 8:16,17 • Made Sin – Righteous 2 Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 53:10,11,12 • Death – Life – Hebrews 2:9,Isaiah 53:12,Romans 6:23,Ezekiel 18:4,James 1:5 • Poverty – Abundance 2 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Corinthians 9:8 • Shame – Glory Hebrews 12:2 • Rejection – Acceptance Matthew 27:46, Ephesians 1:5–6 • Curse – Blessing Galatians 3:13–14, Deuteronomy 21: 22,23 The Divine Exchange Life of 4 people –their apparent tragedy & triumph helped me to understand the meaning of suffering,the right response to suffering and to understand that God is sovereign over our lives • Jesus Christ • Joseph • Job • Daniel ,Shadrach,Meshach & Abednego Jesus Christ Isa 53:4-6 KJV • (4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. • (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. • (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isa 53:10-12 KJV • (10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. • (11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. • (12) Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Philippians 2:6-9 KJV • (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: • (7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: • (8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. • (9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: Heb 2:10-11 KJV • (10) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Heb 10:4-9 KJV • (4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. • (5) Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: • (6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. • (7) Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. • (8) Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; • (9) Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. Joseph – Genesis 37- 50 Gen 37:28 KJV • (28) Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt. • Gen 39:9 KJV • (9) There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? • Gen 39:20 KJV • (20) And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. Gen 40:2 KJV • (2) And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. • Gen 40:5 KJV • (5) And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison. Gen 40:14-15 KJV • (14) But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: • (15) For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. Gen 40:23 KJV • (23) Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him. • Joseph was in prison from age 17 to age 30.
Gen 45:7-9 KJV • (7) And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. • (8) So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. Gen 49:22-26 KJV • (22) Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: • (23) The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: • (24) But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) • (25) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: • (26) The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren. Gen 50:20-21 KJV • (20) But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. • (21) Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them. Job – Response to Suffering Job 1:1 KJV • (1) There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. Job 1:12 KJV • (12) And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. Job 1:16 KJV • (16) While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. Job 1:20-22 KJV • (20) Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, • (21) And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. • (22) In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. Job 13:15-16 KJV • (15) Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. • (16) He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him. Job 19:25-26 KJV • (25) For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: • (26) And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Job 23:10 KJV • (10) But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 42:5-6 KJV • (5) I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. • (6) Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42:10 KJV • (10) And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:12-13 KJV • (12) So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. • (13) He had also seven sons and three daughters. Daniel ,Shadrach,Meshach & Abednego Daniel 6:22 KJV • (22) My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Dan 3:23-29 KJV • (23) And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. • (24) Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. • (25) He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Shadrach,Meshach & Abednego • (26) Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. • (27) And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. • (28) Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. • (29) Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Word of God – Suffering Refining Process Malachi 3:3 KJV • (3) And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Psalm 66:10-12 KJV • (10) For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. • (11) Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. • (12) Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place. Isaiah 1:25 KJV • (25) And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: Perfected through suffering James 1:2-4 KJV • (2) My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; • (3) Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. • (4) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Rom 5:3-4 KJV • (3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; • (4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 1Pe 1:7 KJV • (7) That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1Pe 4:12-13 KJV • (12) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: • (13) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 1Pe 5:10 KJV • (10) But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 2Co 4:16-18 KJV • (16) For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. • (17) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; • (18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. The Lord carries & protects us in our trials Isa 43:2 KJV •(2) When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isa 63:9 KJV •(9) In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. Deu 32:10-12 KJV •(10) He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. •(11) As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: •(12) So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
I believe in a God who can turn A tragedy into a triumph A curse into a blessing Sorrow into joy A blunder into a blessing The cross was a tragedy in human terms,the innocent Son of God,falsely accused,went through an unjust trial and finally crucified on a cross between two thieves But God turned that event into the greatest triumph Salvation for mankind & overcoming the evil one Justified ,Sanctified& Glorified When I believed in the Lord Jesus as my Lord & Saviour,I was justified • Rom 5:1 KJV • (1) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: When I go through trials I am being sanctified • 1Co 6:11 KJV • (11) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. When I die,I will be glorified • Rom 8:30 KJV • (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Triumph in Christ 2Co 2:14 KJV • (14) Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. Rom 8:35-37 KJV • (35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? • (36) As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. • (37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Through this trial,our family was sanctified. Each one of us were drawn closer to the Lord. We could counsel people going through similar trials Blessings The Lord brought our son –in –law Sam into our lives. He is God’s chosen gift to us Sam & Esther were married on June 27th 2015 It will be one year in a few days Sam is a committed believing Christian He is a rich blessing to our daughter Esther & to us Post Script 2020 • I had shared this personal testimony between 2013 and 2016 in our churches • It has been seven years after my trial with cancer in 2013 • By the Lord’s abundant grace,I am in good health • I am able to fulfil my responsibilities to my family,my job as an ophthalmologist and my church • Sam and Esther were blessed with a baby daughter in February 2018. • Tabitha Shalom Sam, our granddaughter is a delight and a rich blessing to our family The Lord’s Promises, Psalm -128:4-6
• Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. (Psa 128:4 KJV) • The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. (Psa 128:5 KJV) • Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel. (Psa 128:6 KJV) Psalm 103 – Forget not all his benefits A Psalm of David.Psalm 103:1-5 • Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. (Psa 103:1 KJV) • Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: (Psa 103:2 KJV) • Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; (Psa 103:3 KJV) • Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; (Psa 103:4 KJV) • Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psa 103:5 KJV) God’s one all sufficient solution • God has not provided many different solutions for the multitudinous problems of mankind. • Instead, He offers us one all sufficient solution which is His answer to every problem. • We may come from many different backgrounds, each of us burdened with our own special need • But to receive God’s solution we must all make our way to the same place—the cross of Jesus. Jehova Rapha God who heals.